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|Subject:||Open source quiry|
|From:||Ted Mittelstaedt (te...@toybox.placo.com)|
|Date:||Feb 27, 2008 7:32:31 am|
-----Original Message----- From: owne...@freebsd.org [mailto:owne...@freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Giorgos Keramidas Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:27 PM To: Ted Mittelstaedt Cc: Daniel Jennings; free...@freebsd.org Subject: Re: Open source quiry
On 2008-02-26 22:53, Ted Mittelstaedt <te...@toybox.placo.com> wrote:
Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
On 2008-02-26 11:33, Daniel Jennings <djen...@bigpond.com> wrote:
Hello, Recently I was told that 2wire dsl gateways http://www.2wire.com use a variant of rt FreeBSD.
The FreeBSD license allows reuse of the source code. In fact, this is one of the stated goals of the project. `To provide a modern UNIX system, with no strings attached.'
If this is true are they required to make the source code available to the public? And if so how does one go about getting the GPL source
Not necessarily. Depending on how meticulous they have been in their efforts to properly compartmentalize their own stuff, the BSD license allows commercial reuse of the source code.
The BSD license allows commercial reuse of the code with no requirement to disclose modifications, and no requirement to "compartmentalize"
The GPL license is what your probably thinking on the "compartmentalize" thing, and the GPL zealots modify the GPL on a regular basis to make whatever "compartmentalization" schemes that people work out, impossible.
Pretty soon the GPL will be claiming that programs that exec() GPL programs are required to be licensed under GPL!!!!
Hi Ted :)
That's stretching it a bit, but I know where the you are coming from.
There's a very good way of removing the limits this sort of thing can make possible: `Develop BSD code'. I'm sure you know that, so this is more for the random thread reader. The best way to improve BSD is not to `fight' the GPL but to embrace the BDSL and, well, sit down and write something that extends and improves BSD :)
But, BSD is already so far ahead of GNU/Linux that I wouldn't want the GPL folk to get too discouraged...